Riess Named Board President Crime Stoppers - TIPS Hotline

Gregg Riess has been named president of the board of directors for the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline. The mission of the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline is to facilitate a partnership between the public, the media and law enforcement in order to help make the metropolitan area a safer place to live, work and visit.

​Gregg Riess has been named president of the board of directors for the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline. The mission of the Greater Kansas City Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline is to facilitate a partnership between the public, the media and law enforcement in order to help make the metropolitan area a safer place to live, work and visit.

"As an organization, I think Crime Stoppers has an amazing role in our community.  Most know us as the organization that pays cash rewards for anonymous TIPS.  The TIPS Hotline helps solve crimes and helps apprehend fugitives.  We're actually not the police, but law enforcement relies on us to relay the TIPS as they're called into our TIPS Hotline.  Our media partners, including traditional TV and radio, help us spread the word." 

"The public might not realize that we're a not-for-profit organization that is separate from law enforcement.  Our separation helps keep the tipsters anonymous, and allows us to raise funds for the TIPS Hotline."

"The effectiveness of the TIPS continues to rise.  In 2015 alone, we received 4,549 TIPS that led to 159 felony arrests, 241 cases cleared and 156 fugitives captured."

"One of our newest advancements is the establishment of the Text-A-Tip program in local high schools.  We're giving students a mechanism to help keep their schools safe by reporting crime.  The Text-A-Tip program has also been responsible for preventing a number of suicides in our local schools.  In 2015 alone, the program prevented 6 suicides at local high schools."

"When we talk about connecting media, the public and law enforcement---we understand that in today's world those connections are strained in different ways every day.  More than ever, I think our role continues to become increasingly important.  Therefore, we're always looking for innovative ways to build stronger connections including the use of social media, community events and corporate awareness programs." 

"I am thrilled to serve our community through this board.  I think we all have a responsibility to make our community a safer place to live, work and visit.  The Crime Stoppers TIPS Hotline is a great tool that allows the public, media and law enforcement to make a real impact."

Riess is a 2002 graduate of the Centurions leadership program of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and also serves as a board vice president for the Heart of America Council - Boy Scouts of America.  He is a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy and holds a Master of Science degree in Management from Baker University.  Riess is employed by the public accounting & consulting firm Grant Thornton LLP.   

ABOUT CRIME STOPPERS:

Since the inception of our local Crime Stoppers program in 1982 the "TIPS Hotline" as it is commonly known, has taken 136,620 TIPS from concerned citizens.  Those TIPS have aided in the arrests of more than 10,811 criminals and the clearing of 24,540 felony cases or warrants.   Among these statistics are solving of 620 homicides, the capture of 3,425 wanted fugitives and arrests in 1,636 armed robberies, among many, many other serious crimes.  Additionally, over $1,338,132.00 in cash has been paid out to anonymous tipsters.  Crime Stoppers is a program of the Kansas City Metropolitan Crime Commission.


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